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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trip Route: KTM-Ghorepani-Tadapani-Chhomrung-MBC-ABC and return
Max Altitude: 4130 m. at Annapurna Base Camp
Trip Duration: 15 days
Trip Grade: 4
LodgingTeahouse
Meals: Full board on trek, BB in KTM & PKR
Transportation: Private vehicle & flight
Communication: Yes
Group Size: Any
Best Season: Around a year
Per Day Walk: 4 - 6 hour
Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna base Camp trek

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is around remote traditional villages taking greetings of local people passing lush green vegetation with viewing snow covered Himalayas around beautiful Annapurna range.

The trek starts from Pokhara for 10 days to the base of Annapurna – with scenic city of Nepal. After the British traveler col. James O.M “Jimmy’ invented the Annapurna area  for Nepal trekking, in 1956 again Robert informs to the world its is the “Sanctuary of Gods’. The Annapurna Base Camp trek has named as Annapurna sanctuary Trek as Anna means Food and Purna means enough. The Annapurna Himalaya  of harvest goddess. The rivers are feed by glacier, the river irrigates, thus bouncy enough to feed the human and entire living beings. The massive Annapurna peak range hand touching distance. It is also known as ABC trek as well. The popular trail cross the scenic view spot Ghorepani Poon Hill which is bounded by several peaks. Passing farms and villages the trek combines eye-catching  Himalayan vistas with out of imagination and artictic mixture. Between the two peaks Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre the trip towards deep gorge through thick bamboo jungles of the narrow Modi Khola which comes from the base camp.

You will be in the middle of arena of snow covered peaks – Annapurna (9,091m) as well as other major peaks overlooking the sanctuary that includes the South Annapurna (7,119m) Gangapurna (7,455m) and Annapurna 3rd (7,555m) with other white peaks. The area also referred to machhapuchhere Base Camp. The return adventure descends via the lush terraced Modi Khola until the Nayapul here from the bus and car facilities are available to Pokhara. 

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Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu meet our staff and transfer to Hotel. 
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara 950m 5-6 hours journey 200 k.m. 
Day 03: Drive to Dhampus Phedi and trek to Dhampus. 1,500m. 
Day 04: Trek to Landrung (Landruk) 1,600m. 5-6 hrs walk.Day 05: Trek to Chomrong 1,951m approx. 6 hours walks.
Day 06: Trek to Dovan 2,130m via Bamboo 2,050m approx. 6 hours walk.
Day 07: Trek to Deurali. 3,350m. 3-4 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Maccahapuchare Base Camp 3,720m. Approx 3-4 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp 4,095m 3-4 hours walk.
Day 10: Trek to Himalaya Hotel.2, 900m. Approx. 6 hours walk.
Day 11: Trek to Chomrong. Approx 4-5 hrs. 
Day 12: Trek to Ghandrung ( Ghandruk) 5-6 hrs.
Day 13: Trek and drive to Pokhara. Approx 3 hrs walk and 1 1/2 hours drive.
Day 14: Transfer to Airport for the flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 15: Transfer to Airport for International departure.

Service includes
  • Annapurna conservation area permits,
  • Trekking Map of Annapurna region
  • Full Board Plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, tea or coffee) during trek,
  • Join Nepali Cultural Program with dinner,
  • Hotel in Kathmandu as your requirements,.
  • Hotel in Pokhara on BB plan,
  • An experienced licensed holder Guide and required porters
  • Food, drinks, salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, accommodation, and local tax for guide and porters,
  • Transportation by bus, car or by flight,
  • Medical kit box
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management Systems)
  • Trekking Equipments
  • All government tax
  • Airport pick up and drop with an escort
Service does not include
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Your travel insurancefor your safety 
  • International flight and departure tax
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Nepal entry visa fee US 30 (Duration 60 days from date of issue)
  • Any kinds of Bar bills
Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu meet our staff and transfer to Hotel. 
Once you land at Kathmandu airport our staff will welcome you and transfer to Hotel. The company official who you have been emailing will meet you and give you detail information of hotels, treks, transfers etc and other related info you might need to know during your stay.

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara 950m 5-6 hours journey 200 k.m. 
Morning time either travel by air or by Coach to Pokhara on the busy scenic highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. The road has been greatly improved in recent years, on arrival at Pokhara transfer to respective Hotel by the lake Phewa for the overnight.

Day 03: Drive to Dhampus Phedi and trek to Dhampus. 1,500m. 
A short drive after breakfast takes you up the newly built Chinese Pokhara Baglung highway to Phedi which is on the outskirt of Pokhara Valley where we begin the approx 2-3 hours trek, in the beginning the trail meanders on the steep steps for 20-30 minutes in the cool shade of the thin woodlands, trek continues towards the top ridge passing through farm lands, small scattered villages and farm terraces on the gradual path for a while, then the path climbs to the ridge where Dhampus village is located.
On reaching Dhampus our staff will find a suitable camping site, over looking grand panorama of Annapurna range of mountains from AI-AII-AIII ( located just behind the Mt. Fishtail) A IV-Annapurna south-Huin chuli and as far to Mt.Dhaulagiri to the west, and towards east the Mt. Manaslu range of mountains including the most dominating magnificent, majestic Mt.Machhapuchare (Fish-Tail). 

Day 04: Trek to Landrung (Landruk) 1,600m. 5-6 hrs walk.
Morning after breakfast with the grand scenery of the snow capped mountain range, walk leads towards north west following the gradual path for a while passing through farm villages and forest, with gentle uphill to the village of Pothana at 1,950m. Pothana offers grand view of Mt. Maccahapuchare and other Annapurna range including the view of Pokhara Valley and the Phewa Lake in the far distance.

From here the track winds up to a steep climb for 1 hr on the unto Deurali ridge, enjoying the superb scenery including Mt.Dhaulagiri towards west, walk continues on the downhill slope for 20-30 minutes through the cool shade of the forest till Bheda-Kharka is reached, from here the trek is pleasant on the winding gradual trail passing through the village of Tolka with fantastic views of Annapurna South and Huinchuli and of the surrounding landscapes. Tolka will be an ideal spot for lunch as Landrung is just an hour away from here.

From Tolka the path descends with short ups and downs, the path is more or less gradual till Landrung village is reached for the overnight stop. At Landrung with enough time for a short walk around the villages or for a shower.

Day 05: Trek to Chomrong 1,951m approx. 6 hours walks.
The trek from Landrung leads to the last teahouse just by the path towards another Phedi of Landrung and Ghandrung, our route diverts away from this path following the back of the teahouse and on the farm terraces and finally reaching by the bank of Modi Khola, the route follows the Modi Khola up streams and reaching to Nayapul (New Bridge) a small settlement with a good bridge over the raging Modi River. From here it is more uphill climb all the way Jinwa village, from Jinwa another 1-2 hrs walk leads to a steep uphill till the path joins coming from Kimche Khola.
On reaching the good wide stone paved path, the walk from here is fairly gradual with downhill till Chomrong village is reached for the overnight stop. Chomrong village situated in the small valley just near beneath the peaks of Annapurna south. This is the last permanent village.

Day 06: Trek to Dovan 2,130m via Bamboo 2,050m approx. 6 hours walk.
From Chomrong the trail leads to the terraced farm fields as you descent to the river, after the bridge it's uphill most of the way for 2-3 hours till a small place of Khuldi-ghar is reached here your Trekking permit and conservation ticket is checked and registered, after Khuldi the trail leads down hill for 1-2 hour through the bamboo bushes till you reach Bamboo, a place in the mid of the bamboo rhododendron and oaks forest with couple of teahouses. After a brief stop here an hour walk on the gradual uphill path brings you to our overnight halt at Dovan, an isolated spot with 2-3 teahouses, midst the forest near raging Modi River.

Day 07: Trek to Deurali. 3,350m. 3-4 hrs.
After Dovan, in the cool shade of the forest the walk is gradual up most of the way following the river Modi upstream, the trail continues with few ups and down as you reach Himalaya Hotel near Hinko cave, which lies straight at the bottom of Hiunchuli peak. Himalaya Hotel is a small place with 2-3 lodges just to cater the need of the trekkers. The trail from here is gradual up for another 1-2 hours to Deurali the last place with tea-house-lodge on route to Maccahapuchare Base Camp. As you reach Deurali the lush vegetation disappears leaving for high alpine flora and shrubs. Deurali has about 2-3 teahouses, rest of the afternoon free at leisure.

Day 08: Trek to Maccahapuchare Base Camp 3,720m. Approx 3-4 hrs.
From Deurali, the trail leads up to follow the raging Modi River upstream, the track is quite pleasant in some places with few strenuous climb for an hour in between and at the end as you reach the Maccahapuchare Base Camp. Maccahapuchare base camp has about 4-5 Lodges located on the even ground beneath the mighty north face of Maccahapuchare peak.

Day 09: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp 4,095m 3-4 hours walk.
Today's walk leads you in the heart of the Sanctuary at the ABC, (Annapurna Base Camp) the trail follows uphill for few hours, on the snowy grassy path, depending upon the season, the trek is very pleasant as you reach the higher ground with magnificent view of an array of snow peaks all around you with Annapurna I, a great wall of a mountain from this north west face. Annapurna Base Camp has 2-3 teahouses, with the superb panorama.

Day 10: Trek to Himalaya Hotel.2, 900m. Approx. 6 hours walk.
After a great time here retrace the journey back to Himalaya Hotel near Hinko Cave via Maccahapuchare Base Camp for the overnight. A lovely day walk in the tranquility of the mountains and in its serene wilderness trek back to the lush green vegetation, the walk is more or less downhill with few ups to Himalaya Hotel.

Day 11: Trek to Chomrong. Approx 4-5 hrs. 
From Himalaya Hotel retrace the journey back to Chomrong by the same path, the morning walk leads to a short climb to Khuldi where you check out in the register, The trail descends all the way to the bridge, from the bridge uphill will to Chomrong.

Day 12: Trek to Ghandrung ( Ghandruk) 5-6 hrs.
After Chomrong the walk leads to a short uphill, descend towards Kimche Khola valley the road splits here where the trail from Landrung and Kimche Valley joins (if you go straight down it leads you to the same path that you entered from Landrung) today's route leads to Kimrong khola valley, stick with your Sherpa Guide, the new trail branches off from last Tea-house of upper Chomrong, the trail is pleasant on the wide track till downhill path for an hour follows till you reach the Kimche valley and it's village after three hours of good walk. From Kimche Valley a short gradual path leads to the bottom of the Kimrong danda ridge, the climb takes for an hour towards the Kimrong danda where there are few teahouses / lodges where you can refresh with soft drinks and teas.
From here a gentle downhill walk reaches you at Ghandrung village for the overnight stop.

Day 13: Trek and drive to Pokhara. Approx 3 hrs walk and 1 1/2 hours drive.
From Ghandrung the walk descends on the wide stone paved path passing through farm villages of Kimche till Syali Bazaar is reached, from here the walk leads on the gentle winding trail following the River Modi all the way to Nayapul. The walk from Syali Bazaar / Bhatti the good walk leads to Bhirethati after an hour walk, Bhirethati one of the charming village on this route. From here cross the bridge over Modi Khola and follow the Modi Khola till Nayapul is reached. On reaching Nayapul board on the Bus for an hour and half drive to Pokhara for the overnight after a wonderful time in the tranquility and wilderness up in the mountains.

Day 14: Transfer to Airport for the flight back to Kathmandu.
As per the time schedule a scenic drive for 5-6 hrs reaches you back to Kathmandu.

Day 15: Transfer to Airport for International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your air ticket and your passport handy. Our office staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

Note:- You may have extra day in Kathmandu as your wish. 

Useful Information

Important Note and Optional Activities: Your safety is of paramount concern whilst traveling with us. Please note that your trek leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Our every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, however as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, the health of member can all contribute to changes the itinerary. The trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary. Your leader will accompany you on all scheduled activities. During your trip you will have free time to pursue you own interests. Your trek leader will assist you with information about your options but please note that any additional activities you undertake are not part of our itinerary and our makes no representation about the safety of the activity. Please use your own good judgment when choosing optional activities in your own free time.

Acclimatization
Our Trekking itinerary is planned with a high degree of minimization of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to kill. The higher the altitude the less oxygen there is in the air. On the height of 5554m/18192ft or Everest Base Camp (5357m/17575ft) for example, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Your body needs many days to adapt to this so for a safe trek it absolutely essential to allow for sufficient time for acclimatization. Sensible planning is therefore required to minimize the risk of AMS. We advise specially the guest(s) with known heart or lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS. Our itineraries are designed to try to prevent AMS but it is important to remember, some people can be more susceptible than others.

Trek Leader & Staff Arrangements
We firmly believe that the way to get the most out of your staff is to treat them well; a happy staff is a hard-working staff. And this belief manifests itself in every way we deal with our staff.

We employ only local leaders and staff to help sustain the local communities we work with. We provide training for all our staff and all our trek leaders are trained in the following as a minimum;
* Intensive Wilderness First Aid 
* Trekking Guide Training 
* Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet 
* English Language 
* Conservation & Biodiversity 
* Rock & Ice Climbing & Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

So, we can guarantee you your trip will be led by the best, most professional and experienced guides there are. All of our guides fluent English-speakers and if you like we also have guides fluent in other languages (French, Spanish, Japanese, German and Italian). All our guides are carefully selected for their experience, leadership skills and personal ability. We have learnt that effective leadership is a vital for a trip to be safe, enjoyable and successful.

In fact, not only are all our guides experienced working in these regions, but most of them actually grew up in these mountainous regions of Nepal. It's home for them, it's in their blood. They're not 'familiar' with local communities, they're a part of them. They don't 'know' local culture, they practice it. They truly love their home and relish getting the opportunity to show travelers why.

Porter Care
Though often overlooked, it's no exaggeration to say the entire trekking and expedition industry in Nepal is built on the back of hard working local porters. It is their tireless efforts carrying supplies, equipment and baggage that make journeying to these remote areas possible. So it's very unfortunate that they have endured a history of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the industry. In an effort to combat this, we are firmly committed to porter rights.

We ensure all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. And for the porter's sake we require that all trekkers keep their bag weight under 15kgs/33 pounds.

We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.

Environmental Concerns
The Everest region is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. We employ a 'zero impact' policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. We enforce a number of do's and don'ts, and staff can advise how to minimize your impact.

Prior to embarking on the Everest Base Camp trek you must be in good health and physical condition. Most days have four to five hours of walking, but some days are up to seven hours. It's a good idea to prepare yourself in the lead-up to your trip with some regular exercise, the best form of which is long walks in hilly areas. Technical experience is not required, hiking/camping experience is an advantage, but by far the most important thing is a positive attitude and a generous amount of determination.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, it's vital you let us know the details of these before setting off. Also, before coming to Nepal it's important to consult your doctor regarding vaccinations and any other medical concerns the trip may raise. Medical and evacuation expenses are your responsibility.

A Typical Day on the Trail...
At 6 am your Sherpa will knock on your door with a chirpy good morning, followed shortly by a basin of hot water to wash in. Then it's time to order breakfast, pack up your kit and head off to trek for the next three hours through forests, hills, mountains and local villages. You'll stop for an hour at a particularly pleasant spot along the way for a well-earned hot lunch. Then you'll then walk another three hours or so, before you stop for the night. Then you can have tea or coffee and some light snacks, before exploring the area with trek leader or just relaxing until dinner is served in a warm dining hall.

The evenings are spent reading or chatting with your fellow trekkers and crew about the trip so far(s). A pack of cards is an asset on these nights; the crew love teaching various Nepali card games and learning new Western games. Finally, it's off to bed for a well deserved night's rest before you start it all again.

Pre Trip Meeting
Prior to all our expeditions and treks, we host a Pre-Trip meeting here in Kathmandu on the 2nd day of your itinerary starts in the morning during the breakfast and introduced your trek Leader mean time and it will provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the your trek and to introduce you to other team members.

The Trekking Group
For the Everest Base Camp trek, there will be one leader, one assistant leader and one Sherpa porter for each group of two trekkers. This arrangement ensures that should any one of them fall ill, the trip can still go on as planned. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but generally have a maximum of ten people, as we've found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However if you'd like to make a group booking for more than ten people it can easily be arranged.

Accommodations
All accommodation for this trek is included in the trip cost and we have chosen accommodation options based on the following criteria; standard of hygiene, standard of service, location, food standards and cost. There are two styles of accommodation; during the Everest Base Camp Trek you will spend three nights at 4 -star Shanker hotel or similar standard hotel in Kathmandu and during your trekking you will spend 15 nights at the local best available hotel/lodge. All accommodation is based on twin share. We will provide you single supplement if there is different sex. For the solo trip and on request single supplement will be charge US$300.

Toilet Facilities - On trek, toilet facilities are available at Tea Houses but some places beyond your expectation and available a local toilet.

Meals during Trek 
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trek. Three meals (Nepali, Sherpa, Tibetan, Bhutanese, Continental, Italian and Indian cuisine) a day will be provided from the teahouse/lodge menus. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner and breakfast will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Reviews

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Lindsley E.Bischel - USA

Email: lebischel@hotmail.com

CarolineAnnapurna circuit trek with Adventure Discovery Trek was my life time achievement. Mountains were incredible, I was so scared about acute mountain sickness and I was nervous to climb the Throngla pass but we did it and I am so happy about this achievment !! Gopal was an excellent guide also acted like our Nepal Bua(father). He had lots of Practice taking care of 3 girls. We keep saying he will be a great dad someday! All the people we met along the journey were so wonderful and welcoming to us. We love the neplease people ! The people and the scenery - all so good.

Jungle Safari

We saw Many amazing things, My favorites: - 1] bathing with the Elephants was so fun!! It was hot water then and bathing in the Rapti river was good way to cool off. 2] Elephant safari - I loved it ! 3] Elephant breeding center- I loved the Baby Elephants !

Thanks to Gopal and Shyam!

Also thanks to Dipendra & Rabindra for managing such a great trip, beeing nice, helpful concerned for our well being.

Lindsley E.Bischel - USA
lebischel@hotmail.com
Oakland, california, (530) 848-3739.

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